Spurs’ ambitious venue plans get a leg-up

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English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur has received planning go-ahead for the latest phase of the wider development project connected to its stadium, along with the nod to again raise capacity at the venue.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was granted planning permission by Haringey Council in 2011 for the redevelopment of White Hart Lane Stadium and the surrounding land. This scheme was known as the Northumberland Park Development (NDP) scheme.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, commonly referred to as Tottenham or Spurs, is an English professional football club in Tottenham, London, which competes in the Premier League.

In July, Tottenham filed a planning application for ‘Northumberland Terrace’, the third phase of its blueprint which incorporates the space behind the High Road to the North-West of the stadium. Media reports stated that the Haringey Council’s planning subcommittee has now greenlighted the project, on the recommendation of its Planning Department.

The repurposed area will include new commercial office space “catering for use by the creative industry” and ground floor retail units. It will also house a music label and recording studio, with Tottenham stating in its original application that “significant steps” have been taken to secure an anchor tenant who is a “leading figure in the music industry”. A performance space will also be incorporated, as well as public spaces.

Meanwhile, the capacity of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is set to rise by 547 seats, from 62,303 to 62,850, after Council ratification. The Council explained this will be the total amount the club can achieve at the facility without significant changes to the venue.

The additional seats will be in the lower, mid and upper tiers, as well as the stadium’s masterpiece – the South stand. The Council report states that “the additional seats will be accommodated through minor alterations to the South- West and South-East tunnels, the insertion of seats in areas such as the lateral gangway in front of the media tribune, through reconfigured access points and the introduction of some demountable terracing to allow greater flexibility between wheelchair platform and standard seating configurations”.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium enjoys the reputation of being the second-largest in the Premier League, behind only Manchester United’s Old Trafford. The club received thumbs-up for the stadium’s most recent capacity increase back in December 2019.

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